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July 18, 2014

Malaysia Airlines / KLM Retires Flight Number MH17 / KL4103 from 25JUL14

by JL
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2nd Update at 1750GMT 18JUL14

Malaysia Airlines today (18JUL14) adjusted operational flight number on Amsterdam – Kuala Lumpur route. Starting Friday 25JUL14, MH17 will be re-numbered as MH19.

The change was made around evening hours local time, approximately after 1600LT in Kuala Lumpur on 18JUL14.

MH16 KUL2355 – 0645+1AMS 772 D
MH19 AMS1200 – 0610+1KUL 772 D

(Screenshot taken at 0600 Pacific Daylight Time / 1300GMT)

Malaysia Airlines began using flight number MH17 for Amsterdam service from December 1989 to October 1990, with 1 weekly Amsterdam – Istanbul – Dubai – Kuala Lumpur DC10 operation. MH17 was re-introduced in August 1998 for 3 weekly nonstop flights at the time.

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, which codeshares on this flight as KL4103, plans to change to KL4123 from 25JUL14 as well. This has been reflected in the GDS timetable listing, however actual reservation continues to display KL4103. This is expected to be removed in the next few days.

Original update filed at 1250GMT 18JUL14

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